Last week at the Japan Hobby Show ‘Knit for Japan’ was awarded first price, sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Economy and Trade. Mr. Naito and myself went up on stage to receive the award. I was very surprised and moved to receive such an award. It is a great honor for my. Everybody involved in this project can be very proud. You all deserve the same credit for your kind help and support.
今度のホビーショーで、「Knit for Japan」が表彰されます。賞の名前はホビー産業大賞の「経済産業大臣賞」です。これはホビー産業大賞の中で１番価値の高い賞だそうです。「Knit for Japan」 ケストラー＆内藤商事」でホビー協会に申し込んでいたところ、見事に受賞が決りました。
My next and very sincere “Thank you” goes to all the people from Naito Shoji. We could have not made our blanket without you. Over many month their employees and shop staff helped in collecting Granny Squares, assemble blankets and set up many workshops and our final event in Ishinomaki. The event in Ishinomaki went like clock-work. They even organized a shuttle service from the event hall to the station. From my heart I want to say to all of the great people at Naito Shoji “Thank you so much.” I wish my Japanese would be better to tell you, how much I appreciate your help.
When I started this project in 2012, I could not envisioned what we completed yesterday at Ishinomaki. On Saturday, September 20th, together with many friend and supporters we completed our world record blanket. The event was our attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for the world’s largest crochet blanket of 306.2 m².
The final count of the blanket is:
11,250 Granny Squares of 20 x 20 cm,
Finished size 476,78 m²
The blanket has now been made into smaller blankets to be given to victims of the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami in the Tohoku area.
The German Press Agency has kindly mentioned ‘Knit for Japan’ in an article to their subscribing newspapers. 2 German newspapers already have published the article. Here the link to the article on Main-Netz. Of course, the article is written in German.
ドイツのプレス庁は親切に’Knit for Japan’について記事を作りました。ドイツにある二つの新聞がその記事を発表しています。こちらで読んで下さい。ドイツ語です。
We have wonderful warm weather today. So I took the roll of 10 blankets outside, to take a pictures. The piece is 20m long and 1 m wide. Next week, we will connect 20 of such rolls into our blanket of 400 sqm.
Over the past weeks I received several finished blankets. To prepare for our final event next week in Ishinomaki, I already joint 10 blankets into one large ribbon. Unfortunately, today we have rain, but should the weather allow, I will take a picture of the ‘Roll of 10’.
Today we had our 2nd workshop to connect more Granny Squares. Many supporters joint us at the Yomiuri Shinbun headquarter. We managed to finish 2 complete blankets. Last week one of the ladies took a blanket home and brought back today. So we have 3 more blankets ready for our world record attempt in September.